HM General Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YY, has been the home of the Public Records of Scotland since the late 18th century. It was opened for public searches in 1847. The General Register House occupies a prime site at the east end of Princes Street and is open on Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4.45 p.m. A second building, West Register House, in Charlotte Square, a mile away, is also open during these hours. See the web site for a guide to records and to which building to visit. See also Cecil Sinclair, Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors (2003). Many calendars of the collections have been published by the Scottish Record Society, founded in 1897.
The New Register House, which is adjacent to the General Register House, served as the General Register Office for Scotland, housing the civil registration records and census returns. In 2007 these two buildings were refurbished as an integrated ScotlandsPeople Centre.
http://www.nas.gov.uk The National Archives of Scotland.